While the majority of this country was distracted by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, one racetrack in Florida continued to hold on to its spot as the premier motorsport racing venue in the country.
Located in the heart of the Florida Keys, Golden Isles Speedway is a quarter-mile short track that prides itself on its ‘authentic Florida-style’ racing.
Here, you’ll find all the essentials for a memorable night of racing: from high-quality drivers to thundering engines to spectacular views of the ocean.
Top-Notch Drivers And Staff
One of the things that make Golden Isles Speedway so special is the level of competition. Every week, the top tier of racing stars come to this little corner of paradise to put on a show for the fans.
The drivers are the lifeblood of any racing series. Without them, any show would be incomplete. Fortunately for Golden Isles Speedway, their roster of talented drivers is among the best in the world and they always do their utmost to give the fans a good show.
This is particularly true of their ‘superleague’ races during the offseason. On these nights, all the top tiers of drivers from the American Racing Series, the Grand-Am Cup, and other renowned racing series in Europe and Asia come to duke it out on the main stage.
On the subject of the drivers, it is important to note that all of them have at least one thing in common: they are all top-notch. In fact, many of them are considered among the best ever to drive a motorbike, let alone a racing car. This makes their participation in the ‘supers’ particularly appealing: they are some of the fastest and most talented racers in the world.
One of the things that make Golden Isles Speedway so appealing is their state-of-the-art facilities. The ‘island’ is a natural gem. Its geography is such that only the sun and the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean can provide sufficient light for the track to be visible.
Aside from offering a spectacular view of the hustle and bustle of ocean life, the island’s geography provides a rare challenge for drivers. Its proximity to the mainland puts it in a constant battle against the elements of wind and water. This makes passing the checkered flag a Herculean task. In fact, many of the island’s residents still speak in awe of Jack Smith, the man who designed the track back in the 1950s. Thanks to his ingenious feat of engineering, the islanders still celebrate the fact that their little piece of paradise in the middle of the ocean is a quarter-mile long and one of the most stunning auto racing venues in the world.
The track itself has played a pivotal role in the lives of many. It was a place where Smith managed to defy the elements and where he regularly out-shone the competitions. This is evident in the staggering number of times he managed to bring home the trophy when compared to his closest rival (who was frequently found at the bar after the race celebrating his victory).
For decades, the islanders have watched in awe as the drivers charged around the track trying to outrun the wind and the waves. Now, they’re able to relive those glorious moments via the magic of modern technology. Thanks to the hard work of a dedicated staff and a group of volunteers, Golden Isles Speedway has managed to update and improve their facilities time and time again to ensure that their drivers have the same ‘authentic Florida-style’ racing experience no matter when they visit the island.
A Touch Of Nostalgia
One of the things that make Golden Isles Speedway unique is its ability to connect with fans through social media. Like other sports, motorsports has evolved with the times and now encourages fans to follow the action through live-streaming platforms such as Twitter.
These days, drivers are more likely to be engaged with fans than ever before. Thanks to platforms such as TikTok, drivers can now interact with their audience via entertaining vlogs and short snips of video content.
It’s easy for fans to become invested in these videos. They often feature drivers showcasing their personalities and quirks as well as showing off their unscripted reactions to various situations. Because of this, many motorsports fans have fond memories of the pre-coronavirus days when they would tune in to watch the top drivers battle it out on the track.
With all these advantages, it’s no wonder that fans are flocking back to see the ‘island boys’ do battle once more. In fact, Golden Isles Speedway is set to host its biggest race of the year on May 25th. This will be the 15th season in a row that this unique event has taken place. It is hoped that with the upcoming race, the island will be able to welcome a new generation of fans who will grow up with the event. This year, the track has launched a social media campaign to ensure as many people as possible know about the ‘Grand Opening’ of the track. More details about this year’s Grand Opening can be found here:
With all these advantages, it’s no wonder that fans are flocking back to see the ‘island boys’ do battle once more. In fact, Golden Isles Speedway is set to host its biggest race of the year on May 25th this year. This will be the 15th season in a row that this unique event has taken place. It is hoped that with the upcoming race, the island will be able to welcome a new generation of fans who will grow up with the event. This year, the track has launched a social media campaign to ensure as many people as possible know about the ‘Grand Opening’ of the track. More details about this year’s Grand Opening can be found here:
Another reason that makes Golden Isles Speedway unique is the weather. During the offseason, the temperatures in the area remain consistent. This is great news for those looking to spend a pleasant day outside. Thanks to the aforementioned geography, the air remains fresh and cloud coverage is minimal. This means that even on particularly muggy days, the skies remain clear and unencumbered by fog. Aside from making for some beautiful sunsets, this weather also provides some fantastic opportunities for fans. Those who visit the island during the offseason can take full advantage of its temperate climate. They can go for a swim at a nearby beach or just take a walk along the nearby Overseas Highway.
Sadly, the offseason isn’t always kind to those who live in the Florida Keys. The climate can be harsh and isolation can be stressful. Fortunately for the inhabitants of Golden Isles, they live in one of the most active seismic zones in the world. As a result, they experience a lot of the beautiful and vibrant qualities of the island but minus the occasional earthquake. Whether you’re a resident or an outsider, it’s a thrill to be in the vicinity of so much natural beauty and awe-inspiring engineering.
An Opportunity To Travel
If you’ve ever been to Florida, you’ll know that one of its main draws is its array of theme parks. Golden Isles Speedway is located within the bounds of these parks. This means that you have an opportunity to indulge in a sugar high while also getting your fill of adventure travel. If you’ve never been to Florida and are thinking about making a trip there one day, then this could be a fantastic opportunity to see a sports venue in the flesh as well as to soak up some Florida sunshine. This could also be the perfect opportunity to bring a family or group of friends, as there are plenty of attractions here that would be sure to provide entertainment for everyone.
This year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting yet. Thanks to the pandemic, the summer racing season will kick off early. Fortunately for fans of high-quality motorsports, the schedule is packed with events. This means that there will be plenty to choose from when it comes to finding a race that suits your schedule.